Responsibilities of On-Site Sewage Management System Owners
The many responsibilities that come with being an owner and/or operator of an on-site sewage management system (OSMS) include:
Ensuring you have a current Approval to Operate for your system. If you are unsure if your Approval to Operate is current please contact Council.
Ensuring your system is operating within manufacturer recommendations and any conditions associated with the Approval to Operate for the system.
Having an understanding of the operating requirements of your system and being aware that you may need to alter your household activities to ensure your system operates sufficiently.
Using an authorised person to carry out any work on your system. This includes servicing, maintaining, repairing and pumping out of your system.
Ensuring you have appropriate approval to carry out any work on your system (e.g. an Application to Install, Construct or Alter a Sewage Management System is submitted to Council prior to a new system being installed or an absorption trench being replaced). This application can be obtained by contacting Council.
Ensuring your OSMS does not pollute the environment and/or cause a risk to the public health of the community.
Ensuring you do not illegally dispose of your wastewater or effluent e.g. pumping your system out into a nearby water course, drainage or supply channel or other water body.
Maintaining a current Service Agreement with an accredited service agent (Aerated Waste Water Treatment Systems only).